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Coronavirus: Social distancing and self-isolation

Health and care workers to self-isolate on return to UK from high-risk countries – 30 July 2020 – GOV.UK

Registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the government has confirmed.

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on extension of self-isolation period: 30 July 2020

The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

Meeting people from outside your household – Updated 17 July 2020 – GOV.UK

How you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated the guidance on gathering in larger groups and travelling to meet people, and the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable persons – Updated 6 July 2020 – GOV.UK

From 6 July, people who are shielding will: no longer need to socially distance from people they live with; be able to meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households; may form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household; still be able to get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July (if registered online by 17 July). 

From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing) – Updated 24 June 2020 – GOV.UK

Government guidance updated to reflect new social distancing arrangements from 4 July 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – Updated 24 June 2020 – GOV.UK

Government FAQs updated to include what you can and cannot do before and after 4 July 2020.

Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July – 23 June 2020 – GOV.UK

How you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) from 4 July 2020.

Plans to ease guidance for over 2m shielding – 22 June 2020 – GOV.UK

Advisory guidance to be eased for 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people across England, as virus infection rates continue to fall. From Monday 6 July, those shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household. Government shielding support package will remain in place until the end of July when people will no longer be advised to shield. The updated guidance for those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will be published on 6 July and 1 August as these measures come into force. 

What I can and can’t do: FAQ – Updated 12 June 2020 – GOV.UK

Frequently asked questions about going out, supporting vulnerable people and going to work.

Leaving home for medical need – Question 15 in FAQ - GOV.UK

You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others – 23 March 2020 - GOV.UK

The government introduced three new measures on 23 March:

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Guidance on social distancing including for vulnerable people – updated 23 March 2020 – GOV.UK

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and Protecting older people and vulnerable people. Includes translated information.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable – updated 17 April 2020 – GOV.UK

This guidance is for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities.  Includes easy read version.

The guidance has been updated to clarify some key issues, and to ask ‘clinically extremely vulnerable people- to register for support now even if they do no need it right now. This is in order to log how many people are shielding. The guidance includes advice for:

  • Visits from essential carers
  • What to do if your carer is unwell
  • Unpaid carers caring for people who are shielding
  • People living in long-term care facilities, for the elderly or people with special needs

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – Public Health England on GOV.UK

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.


NHS Stay at home advice (self-isolation) – NHS 111 Online

You'll need to stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.

Staying at home means you should:

  • not go to work, school or public areas
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home

You can use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 metres away from other people.

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